Perfect little bite-size appetizers, these Thai chicken meatballs are your go-to football party finger food. Quick and easy to make, these meatballs are so soft, plump and juicy! Make ahead of time and serve hot or cold!
Thai Chicken Meatball Recipe
With football season approaching, it’s time to get thinking about planning your football snacks and gatherings! And what better way to celebrate, than with these perfect little bite-size Thai chicken balls.
Seriously, who doesn’t love little delicious bite-size pieces of meat! The great things about these Meatball Thai Appetizers are that they can be made ahead of time, meaning you don’t have to stress about being prepared the day of your party! As far as I am concerned, meatball recipes are the perfect elegant appetizer for every party.
These meatballs are light and fresh, combining the flavors of Thai in a perfectly balanced little snack. When it comes to Thai cooking, it’s important that there is a balance between sweet, spicy, salty and sour. The sweetness comes from the sugar, the sour from the lime juice, salty from the fish sauce, and spicy from the sambal oelek. Obviously, with raw chicken, you cannot taste to see if you’re flavor balance is on point, which is why I’ve taken the hard work out of it for you! The quantities in the recipe for meatballs are tested to a tee!
These meatballs are so plump and juicy which is a result of the cooking style. When testing this recipe I was trying to decide whether to go for baked or fried meatballs. In the end, the baking method won!
How to Bake Thai Meatballs
Baking is the best option for this Thai Chicken Recipe, as they keep them super juicy and plump. I found the fried meatballs came out really dry and almost burnt. I think the absence of a sauce meant they dried out a lot quicker. Baking meant they kept their shape a lot better too.
There are two methods for baking. The first is to line a baking tray with foil and place the Thai chicken meatballs on the tray. The second option is to use a deep baking tray that has a wire rack large enough to fit in it. I found this method keeps the meatballs slightly more round and ensures even cooking, but both will work perfectly well!
Chicken Thai Meatballs Serving Suggestions
The Thai Dipping Sauce for Meatballs are key to elevating these Thai meatballs! Serve cold or warm, depending on your taste preference. Furthermore, these can also be made a day ahead and reheated when you’re ready to serve!
So get baking these! This is one of the best chicken recipes for a crowd. And enjoy your Football parties with this delicious, bite-size finger food!
Try these other Thai recipes!
For more Thai-inspired recipes, try some of our favorites:
- Thai Butternut Squash Soup
- Thai Sausage Rolls
- Thai Style Chicken Buddha Bowl with Coconut Peanut Sauce
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Thai Chicken Meatballs
- 1 lbs ground chicken (or turkey)
- 1 tsp sambal oelek (or other chili paste)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 2 tsp ginger (grated)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
- 2 green onion (finely sliced)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- oil spray (for cooking)
- 1/2 tsp sambal oelek
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 430F.
- Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl.
- Take 1 tablespoon of mixture, and roll into 24 even sized balls.
- Place meatballs on a baking tray lined with foil, and spray with a little cooking spray. OR place meatballs on a wire rack in a deep baking tray and spray with oil.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes, until meatballs are lightly browned on the outside, and fully cooked in the middle.
Want more game day recipes? Try these!
- These BBQ Chicken Pull Apart Sliders are a total crowd pleaser!
- Everybody loves a good dip! Try this Chorizo Cheese Dip with Spinach!
- These Pork Cranberry and Goat Cheese Sausage Rolls are a total winner too.
- You can’t host a game day without Pulled Pork Nachos right?
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